INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—The Kelley School of Business Indianapolis will feature a four-person panel titled “Embracing Risk to Sustain a Neighborhood” at the Spirit and Place Festival on November 3, 2013, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m at the IUPUI Campus Center Auditorium located at 420 University Boulevard Indianapolis, IN 46202.
A free event open to adults of all ages, “Embracing Risk to Sustain a Neighborhood” will feature four iconic Indianapolis organizations which have faced numerous economic hardships throughout their existence: The Madame Walker Theatre, the Slippery Noodle Inn, Moeller Printing Company, Inc. and St. Johns the Evangelist Catholic Church. The Kelley School is bringing together leaders from the stalwart organizations for an open and frank discussion about sustaining a mission in the face of risk.
“It is important to bring these organizations together because they have withstood the tests of time,” said Peggy Daniels Lee, clinical assistant professor of operations & supply chain management and chair of the Undergraduate program at Kelley Indianapolis. “When we evaluate these organizations with consideration of history as a predictor of the future, we can better understand what risks Indianapolis leaders face now and how to position businesses and organizations for continued success.”
The Kelley Indianapolis faculty will facilitate an examination of how the four businesses and organizations survived in-place while others failed or left the neighborhoods in which they were founded. The panel will identify the major risks they have faced in order to build an understanding of the means by which the institutions have survived and thrived as the neighborhoods around them changed.
Chuck Moeller, CEO of Moeller Printing Company, Inc., will speak about his family-owned business which has been doing business in Indianapolis since 1931. Presently, three generations of Moellers are active in the operations of the company.
Father Rick Nagel was ordained on June 2, 2007, and is the pastor at St. John the Evangelist. He also serves as the Catholic campus minister at IUPUI.
Hal Yeagy is the president and CEO of the Slippery Noodle Inn (the oldest bar in Indianapolis since 1850) and Hal’s Fabulous Vegas Bar and Grille. In 1985, Yeagy took over operation of the bar, and since that time, the Slippery Noodle Inn has grown from a one-room lunch counter to the Midwest’s premiere blues club.
Joni Collins is the executive director for the Martin Luther King Community Center and past president of the Board of Directors for the Madame Walker Theatre Center. Collins has more than 20 years of community development experience as a senior executive.
Each audience member will engage with the panel via an audience response system device to answer questions posed by the facilitator. Internet streaming also will be available to allow for community conversation.
Managed by The Polis Center, which is part of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the Spirit and Place Festival is a community project which promotes civic engagement through the arts, humanities and religion. The festival reaches 20,000 people annually with various interactive public performances. Visit http://www.spiritandplace.org for more information.
About the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis
The Indiana University Kelley School of Business has been a leader in American business education for more than 90 years. With nearly 100,000 living alumni and an enrollment of nearly 8,000 students across two campuses, the Kelley School is among the premier business schools in the country. Kelley’s Indianapolis campus, based at IUPUI, is home to a full-time undergraduate program and four graduate programs, including the Business of Medicine MBA for practicing physicians and the part-time Evening MBA, which is ranked ninth in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Learn more at kelley.iupui.edu.